Tics are very high in population around the Stockholm archipelago, Åland islands and Turku. Tics can carry two different diseases, TBE and borrelia. The tics bites and stays to feed of blood.
TBE and borrelia
Borrelia is a bacteria infection, treatable with antibiotics.
TBE (Tick-Borne Encephalitis) is a serious disease transmitted to humans by ticks. The TBE virus is found in small rodents and other animals. These host animals do not become sick themselves, but transmit the virus to the tick. The tick then passes the virus on to the next animal or human it bites through it’s saliva.
The TBE-virus can be spread to the brain
The virus can be spreads to the brain. After about a week, the infected person experiences a second phase of the disease. Symptoms can include fever, headaches, stiffness of the neck, nausea and a general deterioration in their health. Hospital treatment is required. The diagnosis is confirmed through a blood test and examination of the spinal fluid.
Get vaccinated against TBE
If you have the possibility to get the vaccine at home, prior to travelling to the race, we strongly advise you to do so.
If you don’t have the possibility to get vaccine we advice you to be very observant and look for tics after passing trough scrub and high grass. Preferable is to get them removed before they bite. If they bite it’s necessary to get them carefully removed as soon as possible.